Nick Jr. to Launch in Australia

Nickelodeon is set to launch Australia’s first dedicated channel for preschoolers. Nick Jr. will air on FOXTEL and AUSTAR when the subscription television providers launch new digital services in the first half of 2004.

Nick Jr. is currently finalizing a launch slate that includes original Australian shows featuring local personalities, well-known Nickelodeon titles such as Dora the Explorer and Blue’s Clues, and new acquisitions.

Among its high-profile additions will be Ollie, the first Australian Sesame Street Muppet created specifically for Nickelodeon Australia, and Joy Smithers (All Saints), who will host Nick Jr.’s Play Along segments.

Nick Jr. Australia will be headed up by Catherine Nebauer, the general manager of Nickelodeon, and the existing Nickelodeon management team.

The block will also continue to run on Nickelodeon weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.